Kathryn G. Mantoan

Senior Associate

San Francisco, Portland

Kathryn Grzenczyk Mantoan, a senior associate working across the San Francisco and Portland offices, focuses her practice on high-stakes employment litigation, compliance counseling, and litigation avoidance measures.

Her practice has a particular emphasis on complex class actions and developing areas of law including pay equity. Katie received California Lawyer’s Attorney of the Year Award in 2016 and has been named a Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2013.

Katie started her career at Orrick in 2004 and returned in 2015. From 2011 to 2014, she was an associate at a litigation boutique in San Francisco where she handled employment and constitutional law matters.

  • Katie has significant experience litigating a broad range of employment issues. Her recent experience includes the following:

    Class & Mass Actions

    • Representing a leading technology company in a putative nationwide class action alleging gender discrimination in performance evaluations, promotions and pay
    • Representing a national bank in putative statewide class action alleging misclassification of information technology employees
    • Representing a government contractor in a dispute arising out of aggregate settlement of dozens of wrongful termination and age discrimination claims
    • Representing a national retailer in a putative nationwide class action arising out of pre-employment background checks

    Government Enforcement Actions

    • Representing a leading technology company in compliance audits and enforcement proceedings by the OFCCP
    • Representing a financial services firm before the EEOC against allegations of race and gender discrimination resulting in a no-cause finding and dismissal

    Arbitration

    • Achieving a complete defense award following a two-week arbitration on behalf of biotechnology start-up executives in an arbitration alleging violation of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements
    • Representing a financial services firm in FINRA arbitration proceedings brought by a former financial advisor

    Single Plaintiff Discrimination/Wrongful Termination

    • Representing a government contractor in eight-count discrimination, wrongful termination, and breach of contract case
    • Achieving summary judgment on behalf of an energy company in a single plaintiff action alleging a host of claims including gender and disability discrimination, failure to accommodate, harassment, and retaliation
    • Securing demurrer without leave to amend in single plaintiff wrongful termination action against cosmetics retailer

    In addition, Katie has worked on a variety of other commercial and constitutional matters that have expanded her litigation and counseling perspective. She also has a demonstrated commitment to pro bono work, including work to protect and advance the civil rights of same-sex couples.

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